(Note: All purchased prices include an extra 10% due to state sales tax. Anything with a price of $0.00 is from my previous build)
The name of this build is pretty straight to the point, Build 2.0 is my second personal gaming PC build, this time Ryzen-based with a black and white theme (and a little splash of RGB!)
I built my first computer on my 16th birthday. I spent many months saving money, planning out my build meticulously, and trying to convince my parents that, yes, I really did want a power supply for my birthday.
For 7 years now, through high school, college, and adulthood, my trusty PC has supported my late night studying and gaming binges. Now I'm celebrating my 1 year anniversary as a full time aero engineer, and I decided that it was finally time to retire my battlestation and build anew. My younger sister has gotten into PC gaming, so my old build (which has had incremental upgrades, so it's not entirely obsolete) will still game on, although she asked if we could pick out a 'cuter' case than my Lancool K62.
Picking My Components:
I'll always be red-team at heart. Watching AMD rise from the ashes of Bulldozer and really show up to the party with Ryzen, I always told myself my next build would be a Ryzen build. I was originally going to buy a Ryzen 5 2600, but a sale prompted me to bump up to a 2600x for a comparable price. I also got the Cryorig H7 Cooler to get a little extra cooling capability over the stock wraith cooler. In hindsight I probably should have gotten a 650w power supply.
RAM is always a little touchy when it comes to Ryzen. I was really keen on the Trident Z look, and I ended up actually buying a non-"Ryzen optimized" set, with a gasp Hynix die! (It was on the X470-Pro's QVL, and it turned out fine). At the time, buying the Hynix ram saved me considerable money, but that may not always be the case with such a varying RAM market.
For the case, I loved the look of the Meshify C's front panel and tinted tempered glass. My old Lancool K62 was a b i g b o y case, so I wanted something lighter and more compact. This case was perfect! I added two corsair ML140 case fans to help improve airflow.
Now onto the actual build, with a few complaints:
I'll get the bad/annoying out of the way:
I believe it’s a bug, but my CPU temp is continuously fluctuating from 40 down to 30 and then jumps back to 40. When I was idling higher due to higher ambient temps, this was insanely annoying since my temp would peak at 50 and then go down to 40, continuously ramping the cpu fan up and down. I ended up creating a flatlined cpu fan curve until 55, and then a much more aggressive ramp-up with temperature to prevent ramping up when idling.
RGB woes… ugh. First boot I had a rainbow cycle going on between the RAM and mobo, all in sync. Once I installed Asus AURA everything went wonky. AURA kept ignoring/resetting settings with every boot, possibly borked the LED on one RAM stick (one stick now rainbow cycles faster than the other), and I eventually had to use Revo Uninstaller to purge the registry (twice!) before it would uninstall. I then switched to an older version, and seem to be doing okay minus the RAM cycle speed issue which persists. If I use a RGB setting like color cycle or breathing, it is fine, but rainbow gradient seems broken.
Now onto the more positive stuff:
I spent a lot of time putting everything together, as I wanted it to look as good as it performed. With the white fan of the Cryorig H7, and the white accents of the Trident Z ram, 140mm fans, and Prime X470-pro, the setup was looking great. I'd like to add casemod cables (black and white or plain white?) at some point to complete the look.
Once everything was set up, the computer posted first try. I noticed that the RAM was running at 2133 MHz with some wonky timings, so I tried using the XMP/DOCP profile. It wouldn't post! I then changed the speed from the XMP profile from 3000 MHz to 2933 MHz, and it worked just fine.
From there, windows installed off a USB insanely fast (thanks USB 3.0 and SSD), and I was off and running. The CPU was running a little hot at 50C idle, but it was a pretty bad heatwave here so my room was boiling. Now at the time of writing, it's cooled off and I'm getting a reasonable idle of about 35C. Ryzen Master automatically boosts to 4.15GHz, and benchmarks are solid and in-line with what should be expected. Gaming brings temps up to around 65C regardless of idle, which is ideal! GPU seems to idle around 35 as well with max temps of around 70C when gaming. I might try to push the GPU load temp down with a more agressive fan curve.
Although I have some gripes, I am generally quite happy with my build. I think it looks great, I get 60+ FPS at ultra + 1080p in just about every game I try, and it was fun to build. I hope you enjoyed reading my rambling, and if you're looking to build, hopefully my experience helps you go pick some parts! If you would like to see any more pictures, let me know.
Solid cooler for the price, and the white fan made a great accent in my build. However, the cooler was a big pain to put on, as the directions tell you to flip the motherboard over with the cooler on it to screw in the cooler. I just couldn't figure out how you're supposed to do this properly, so I ended up making a jig between the case and a coffee table of the same height so I could get under the board and screw in the cooler. I also think I could get my idle temp down a bit on the CPU with better thermal paste than what Cryorig gives you.
Great looking board, though the ASUS AURA software is still pretty finicky and buggy. For an enthusiast level board, I was pretty disappointed to see that there are only 3 chassis fan headers available. BIOS update was hassle-free, and the board performs as expected.
Overpriced like all DDR4, but looks great. Not sure if it's a G.Skill or an Asus Aura issue but one RAM stick is now out of cycle with the other when in RGB cycle mode. Runs at 2933 mHz on Ryzen despite not being "Ryzen optimized" like some Trident Z sets.
Solid card for 1080p gaming. Great looking and quality heatsink. Being an EVGA card, I know I can depend on excellent support if it's ever needed.
The Meshify C not only looks great, but it was extremely easy to build in, and has great cable management as noted in most reviews. The cable management ended up being very clean. I wish the USB cable was less bulky, but I know that's standard size for the cable. I added two 140mm fans as intake at the front, and put the two 120mm fans as exhaust; one at the back, and one at the top-rear of the case.